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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

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4,568 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,568
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 359 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

justinm4bama, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BeastLU, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

chcfan, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of dcloeren
1.63/5  rDev -58%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a deep crisp copper color with 1.5 fingers of soapy off white head.

The nose on this beer is almost repulsive. Every time I go to sniff it, I have to ask myself, "why am I doing this?" Metallic scents with a touch of rye spice. Awful.

Metal spoon taste with a little bit of spice added on top.

Thin and watery.

Overall, this was a severely disappointing beer. Thin, bad smell, bad taste just a poor excuse of a beer. I'm assuming most of the reviews are inflated due to it being an Sierra Nevada beer... Ruthless Rye, meet my drain.

dcloeren, Feb 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

ironchefmiyagi13, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Agentveba, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

scottwurst, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Budinetz, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Horbar, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DerwinWentworth, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

baklo, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

midlifec, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Rye has been a staple grain for milennia-sought after for its stubborn resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor, Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors- combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to Spring." Sierra Nevada's spring seasonal returns for 2013, released annually around January-February. Brewed in the style of an American Rye IPA.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint snifter. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Beer pours a frothy caramel-tinged white head of a fluffy cream consistency. Body color is a copper orange with mild sediment, a light haze and very low visible carbonation. Lacing is consistently light and curtained, retention is slightly above average. Head quality could improve a notch but otherwise this beer delivers well in appearance. 3.75

(Smell) Most noticeable is a moderate peppery bread note of rye for a full sweetness. Light citrus and floral hop notes compliment the malt profile, although they do not provide enough potency to challenge the specialty malt-centered beer. Additional notes of lightly toasted caramel, cracker malt for lightness, and a touch of fruity and spicy yeast esters, like raisin and nutmeg peek through as the beer warms. The potency is medium. Pleasant aroma overall, despite not being overly confident in the hop department. 3.25

(Taste) A nip of biscuity grain malt and citrus pith up front with a proceeding peppery rye midsection and a peppered, dry and boldly bitter finish with a dragging faint viscosity of rye sweetness to compliment. Although the hop flavor diversity has waned, this beer has otherwise held up remarkably well through the year. There's substantial bitterness and malt complexity to enjoy, yet the profile is quaffable enough to enjoy several in a single session. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mild slickness and a mellow stickiness build a subtle malt texture. Carbonation is busy, sharp and excited, very prickly on the tongue. Alcohol presence is low. Body is a medium for an American Rye IPA, and medium overall. The carbonation seems too aggressive for this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Sierra Nevada puts out a very tasty and flavorful, yet clean and easy drinking Rye IPA in Ruthless Rye. Chock full of clean, flavorful rye and a moderate thickness, this is a worthy drink for your IPA money, and a fair representative for the rapidly growing Rye IPA trend . 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Ruthless Rye IPA

Jadjunk, Sep 09, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish amber with a huge light tan head that sticks to the glass impressively. Aromas of fresh pine cones, and a hint of pepper. Taste begins with some tart grain, followed by a smooth hint of vanilla, then some fresh bread. After that is a smooth resinous pinecone flavor that washes over. A quite clean finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent IPA. Not especially bitter, but with plenty of hop flavor.

tronester, Feb 28, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson copper with two fingers of white head.

Smells of pineapple, a bit of grapefruit, some caramel, and some spicy pine.

Pineapple, biitter pine, a bit of grapefruit and some caramel to balance it all with a bit of rye.

Medium bodied with light carbonation a drying, slick feel.

Very drinkable and paired well with some deep dish pizza; I would definitely make this a repeat purchase.

samie85, Mar 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,568 ratings.